Coordination & Planning

Introduction

Staff and other resources help an institution organize, implement, and publicize sustainability initiatives. These resources provide the infrastructure that fosters sustainability within an institution. Sustainability planning affords an institution the opportunity to clarify its vision of a sustainable future, establish priorities and help guide budgeting and decision making.

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Institutionalizing Environmental Justice

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Are you looking to implement environmental justice at your campus but unsure how to start? How can environmental justice programs and services be institutionalized in higher education? Over the past ...

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Gender Pay Assessments Ensure Co-Created Economic Empowerment for Women Too

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Wake Forest University (NC)

No matter how you define it, women are generally paid less than men. In the United States, for example, the unadjusted average female's annual salary has commonly been cited ...

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Infusing Equity into the Future We Create

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

How do we use our power within our institutions to help create a sustainable future for all, not just for some? Recognizing that climate change and economic transformation affects communities ...

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Self-Sustainability Business Model for Degree Programs in Sustainability Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Higher education in the U.S. is experiencing budget cuts, program reductions and a decrease in state funding not to mention a decrease in enrollment and engagement of student. In ...

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Preparing Graduates for the Sustainability Economy through an ILO Framework

  • Humber College (ON)

We are moving toward increasingly collaborative work environments where everyone can positively impact an organization's contribution to a sustainable economy. At Toronto's Humber College, our post-secondary graduates recognize ...

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Curriculum for (re)Conceptualizing the University Campus as an Ecosystem

  • University of Utah (UT)

Can the planning and operations of a university campus be reconceptualized with an ecological and systems approach, viewing the campus environment as analogous to an ecosystem? If so, then an ...

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Engineering for One Planet: Join a growing interdisciplinary community to define and foster environmentally responsible engineering

  • The Lemelson Foundation (OR)
  • VentureWell (MA)

Hosted by The Lemelson Foundation and VentureWell, this panel will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about and join a multi-disciplinary, multi-sector initiative to co-create a framework to integrate ...

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Growing Strong Leaders: A Collaborative Approach

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Sustainability problems are intersectional and multi-faceted. Solving these problems will require collaboration between stakeholders working in different sectors and communities, and using different strategies. Our approach to training changemakers and ...

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Advancing University Sustainability via a Co-Creative Process of Assessing Barriers & Change Drivers

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

Higher education institutions increasingly aim to integrate sustainability at all levels including students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. However, universities also face barriers to enacting change towards greater sustainability ...

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Institutionalizing Sustainability Literacy: Leveraging Opportunities for Sustainable Development

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Creating leveraging opportunities for institutionalizing sustainability is a pervasive issue for institutions of higher education. This presentation will discuss various potential barriers encountered at the College of Charleston and how ...

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Design Thinking for Campus Sustainability

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Design Thinking is a problem-solving approach used by many companies, including Apple - to design the mouse, Citi Bike - to develop a bike share, and Coke - to increase the purchasing of ...

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Transition Campuses: Can Transition Towns Offer a Replicable Model?

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This presentation provides an overview of the recent Transition Town/Transition Movement (TM), both in the US and globally, and then reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of this model ...

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Departmental Sustainability Plan: A Game Plan for Sustainability

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Recently, Texas A&M University's Department of Residence Life launched a departmental Sustainability Plan. After researching, nothing existed focusing on Residence Life & Housing; most just worked from the larger ...

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Climate Leadership Commitments Implementation Liaison Networking Meeting

  • Second Nature (MA)

Implementation Liaisons (ILs) of the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments and those interested in learning about the Climate Leadership Network will hear from Second Nature staff about recent accomplishments, progress, and ...

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Strategies for Engaging Students in Meeting Operational Sustainability Goals

  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • Middlebury College (VT)

Many colleges and universities either have or strive to develop sustainability plans or goals that are implementable, while still allowing them to achieve their educational mission. At Dartmouth College, Middlebury ...

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Easier Said Than Done: Developing a Replicable Framework for Implementing CAP's in Higher Ed

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

When beginning to execute a Climate Action Plan it becomes apparent that there isn't a 'one-size-fits-all' solution or a readily available replicable framework. Having to create your own tools ...

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STARS 101: Completing Your First Report

  • Baldwin Wallace University (OH)
  • University of Montana (MT)
  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • AASHE (PA)

In this session, hosted by AASHE staff, first-time STARS participants will share information about how they approached the reporting process. This will be a great opportunity to learn strategies for ...

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STARS Town Hall

  • Elon University (NC)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in a high-level discussion about potential improvements to STARS. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the ...

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How to Measure Success of Sustainability Initiatives Without Traditional Data Sources

  • Barnard College (NY)

Have you ever avoided or been turned away from a project because you cannot quantify the results? Or have you implemented initiatives but have no way of determining if they ...

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Starting from Scratch: Facilitation and Planning Tools for New Sustainability Officers

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Contra Costa Community College District (CA)

Sustainability positions are often relatively new additions to higher education institutions, requiring immediate collaboration with internal stakeholders, and community and business partners. Deeply entrenched internal politics, shifting leadership, and changing ...

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STARS Reporting Assurance: Multiple Paths to Quality Data

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Knox College (IL)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)
  • University of South Carolina (SC)
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)
  • GreenerU (MA)

With the launch of STARS 2.2, the system for ensuring data quality in STARS reporting continues to evolve and mature. This session will consist of a brief traditional panel ...

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Envisioning Higher Education for Sustainability AFTER the Sh*t Hits the Fan

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

The purpose of this session is to engage the AASHE audience in a thought experiment aimed at identifying alternative strategic priorities for higher education sustainability programs. The starting point for ...

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International Networking Meeting 2019

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)

Members of the international community and anyone interested in international issues or collaboration are invited to join in a networking meeting to share resources, challenges, and ideas from our countries ...

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Catalyzing Finance/Business Office to Advocate for Sustainability

  • Millersville University (PA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (DC)

The financial/business office can be a strong ally for sustainability - or it can be an albatross. How communications occur, data is collected and displayed, and language can all be ...

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Campus As A Living Lab: Integrating Academics and Facility Operations to Work Toward Common Goals

  • University of Utah (UT)

It is an often understood idea that campuses across the nation allow themselves to become a laboratory for student ideas, especially in the field of applied sustainability. Unfortunately, larger universities ...

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Utilizing Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement Techniques to Maximize Sustainability

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Starting a new job is difficult. As a sustainability professional, how many times have you been asked if you are an engineer? An environmentalist? Or do you just find it ...

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Charting the Course for Sustainability at a New Campus: Utilizing Strategic Planning

  • University of New Haven (CT)

Starting a new job is difficult. As a sustainability professional, how many times have you been asked if you are an engineer? An environmentalist? Or do you just find it ...

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Colorado Sustainability Networking Meeting

  • University of Denver (CO)

Calling all students, staff, and others who work on Sustainability across Colorado Colleges and Universities! Let's get together and talk shop!

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Co-Creating: More Than Just a Plan

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

Instead of another long Climate Action Plan that no one typically reads (as we experienced with our 2010 and 2015 Climate Action Plans), when the time came to update our ...

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Sustainability Misconceptions in Higher Education: How AASHE STARS Reporting May Drive Innovation

  • Indiana University Southeast (IN)

Institutions of Higher Education have the capacity and capability to become leaders in sustainability, and potential agents of change. Sustainability conversations have been occurring at colleges and universities over the ...

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Sustainable Campuses: Integrating Sustainability into Your Institution

  • Audubon International (NY)

Colleges and universities can advance sustainability applications and student learning opportunities by taking an active role in sustainability initiatives that can provide on-campus benefits for improved curriculum and recruiting. This ...

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How to Develop a Comprehensive Communication Plan for Sustainability Offices in Higher Education

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Your sustainability office might be doing exceptional work, but how do you manage your promotional efforts throughout campus and the community to tell your story? We will provide a guide ...

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Connecting our Community with a Plan for our Environment

  • University of Kansas Medical Center (KS)

This poster discusses the unique challenges the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) faced when incorporating sustainability on campus and the innovative solutions that have led to success. Medical centers ...

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Shaping The Future Environmentally Sustainable Campus: What's Planning Got To Do With It?

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)

As universities embark on large-scale planning efforts to consider new and renovated sites, buildings, and landscape; upgrade large infrastructure systems and utilities; design with new partnerships and ways to finance ...

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Rad Recruitment and Retention of Peer to Peer Educators

  • Northern Michigan University (MI)

The primary focus of this presentation is to share the successful strategies for a peer to peer sustainability educator program through the two key components of recruitment and retention, with ...

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Developing Effective Collaboration Among Students, Staff and Faculty to Advance Sustainability

  • Connecticut College (CT)

For sustainability efforts to truly make lasting change on our campuses, we need support from students, faculty and staff. Each of these groups holds different power and influence on the ...

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Advancing Campus Sustainability Through Strong Partnerships

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

CSU Northridge has achieved remarkable success in advancing sustainability through strong partnerships across campus. Some projects that seem challenging to implement may simply require asking questions and framing ideas in ...

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Sustainability "Offices of One"

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

We all know that Sustainability Coordinators are amazingly talented and highly motivated. We can do anything, right? Well, the truth is that we cannot do EVERYTHING; and yet so many ...

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Utilizing STARS for Shared Language and Data-Focused Collaboration: A Replicable Model

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)

In order to make progress campuses must be able to benchmark themselves and utilize that data to make informed decisions. This becomes exponentially important when campuses across a university system ...

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Sustainability Reporting at Universities with Multiple Platforms

  • Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

With the addition of online students, many schools now have over 100,000 students spread across multiple platforms. While much has been said about the academics of these institutions, fewer ...

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Tools and Strategies for Successful Living Lab Projects

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Tufts University (MA)

The campus and surrounding community are rich with learning opportunities. Ideas and passion for sustainability efforts, particularly among students, abound. Yet, the tools by which to ensure projects align with ...

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Sustainability 2.0: How the REFOCUS Method is Enabling AASHE Members to Lead Deeper Change

  • College of William & Mary (VA)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • REFOCUS (ON)

Many institutions are entering a 'Sustainability 2.0' phase, where offices have been established for up to ten years and topics such as recycling, composting, Eco-Reps, active transportation, etc. have ...

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Green Events: A Student Intern Approach to Sustainable Campus Gatherings

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This informational session will provide attendees with an in-depth look at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Sustainability Green Events Program. This program began in 2018 as a collaboration between ...

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Next Generation Sustainability Planning

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Like many peer institutions, Duke, Cornell, Princeton and Penn jumped on board the higher education sustainability train as early developers of ambitious campus climate and sustainability plans more than a ...

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Student-led Sustainability Projects: How to Co-Create a Resilient Economy

  • GreenLight Solutions Foundation (AZ)

Join GreenLight Solutions Foundation for an interactive crash course that will teach you how to analyze a business through a sustainability lens and inspire you take action to co-create a ...

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From a Rating to Results: Strategies for Aligning Sustainability Goals with Campus Priorities

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Clemson University (SC)
  • University of New Haven (CT)
  • Gordian (SC)

Each institution has myriad opportunities for improving its environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Some are poised at the outset of a burgeoning discussion around sustainability while others have been long-committed ...

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The State of Sustainability in Higher Ed: Managing to Make a Difference

  • Smith College (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Managing a college or university sustainability program is a tough job under normal circumstances. But in the current era of political divisiveness and ideological extremes, sustainability issues and goals can ...

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Blueprints for Breaking Silos: Pathways to Engage Faculty, Staff and Students in Campus Living Labs

  • University of Georgia (GA)
  • University of British Columbia (BC)

Presenters will share pathways, frameworks, and methods for engaging diverse faculty, staff, and students in using the campus as a living laboratory through examples of impactful research collaborations from the ...

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Demonstrating the Return on Investment of Campus as a Living Lab: Case Studies From the Field

  • Orange Coast College (CA)
  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Realizing the promise of campus and community as living laboratories for students can seem like the ultimate goal. Done well, these applied learning pathways offer significant returns to students, campus ...

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What Good Looks Like: Creating a Center for Climate Resilience using the Living Community Challenge

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

San Francisco State University is redefining what it means to be an environmentally and socially resilient research university. At its campus in Tiburon, CA, SF State is striving for Living ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Benchmarking Data

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Coordination & Planning Partners

AMP Green Solutions, LLC

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
AMP Green Solutions exists to solve the critical sustainability and climate change issues facing our clients, both large and small. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change and achieve their vision.

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide